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DNK
01-31-2018, 11:05 AM
Interesting.
New laptops are sold without Ethernet and video outs

Jerry
01-31-2018, 11:11 AM
and most don't have a CD drive now. We had trouble with my wifes new laptop and the repair guy on the phone kept wanting us to plug into ethernet and would not believe that it did not have a connection.

GregW
01-31-2018, 11:58 AM
Which is a real pain when the WIFI card is newer than the OS you're installing.

TR3driver
01-31-2018, 02:06 PM
Almost always a USB port though, and you can buy USB video outputs and CD drives (plus external keyboards and all sorts of other things).

But my new (cheap, less than a year old) laptop has both. If you need those things, best to buy a unit that has them.

DNK
01-31-2018, 02:25 PM
just purchased a Plugable Dock as the laptop is really my desktop
Laptop has Thunderbolt USB-C Gen 2

DrEntropy
01-31-2018, 08:10 PM
We are calculatingly being boxed into a corner, friends. The limited choices of providers, ubiquity of broadband, MAC addresses on line 24/7, 365. USB NIC's, VPN "services" for subscription fees...

But take heart! It's all sooo convenient! :smirk:

TOC
02-01-2018, 12:15 AM
My new laptop has all I need. Funny. Ethernet port, USB's CD player.....built in WiFi and all that rot.....and even had XP loaded for me.
My next oldest laptop has built in WiFi, CD, USB, and has XP8.1PRO running.
My oldest laptop has three sets of batteries, remove one to plug in a CD player, built in floppy, ONE USB port, but it still works...with XP.

elrey
02-01-2018, 10:54 AM
:computer: Last night my 14 year old 17" MacBook Pro's screen went white with a blinking file containing a question mark in the center. No response at all. Tried the simple command solutions on the interweb to no avail. Looks like a job for after work. Nice. Oh well, :rolleyes:

pdplot
02-01-2018, 11:29 PM
I once bet someone that some day we will pay to access websites on the Internet. If net neutrality is ended, you'll pay for fast track. You heard it here.

DavidApp
02-02-2018, 10:53 AM
You already pay to fast track. Cox has different speed options. Faster costs more.
Basic $39.99 gets 30Mbps
Fast $59.99 gets 100Mbps

David

NutmegCT
02-02-2018, 11:27 AM
Hi David - Net neutrality is something very different from speed packages. The topic is too controversial for discussion here, but do a few google searches on "net neutrality" and you'll see what we're talking about.

Tom M.

Basil
02-02-2018, 12:01 PM
Hi David - Net neutrality is something very different from speed packages. The topic is too controversial for discussion here, but do a few google searches on "net neutrality" and you'll see what we're talking about.

Tom M.

Rutabaga

elrey
02-02-2018, 12:06 PM
Yep, Shuss! :ziplip: .....:scared:

Basil
02-02-2018, 01:45 PM
Yep, Shuss! :ziplip: .....:scared:

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